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The hidden encyclical of Pius XI

Author: Georges Passelecq; Bernard Suchecky
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"In June 1938, after his attempts at diplomacy with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy had failed, Pope Pius XI ordered an American Jesuit, Father John LaFarge, to compose an encyclical denouncing racism and anti-Semitism. The result was a draft called Humani Generis Unitas (The Unity of the Human Race), which LaFarge produced with the help of two other priests." "But after Pope Pius XI died early in 1939, his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Papal documents
Documents pontificaux
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Passelecq, Georges.
Hidden encyclical of Pius XI.
New York : Harcourt Brace, ©1997
(DLC) 97007227
Named Person: Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Passelecq; Bernard Suchecky
OCLC Number: 1149166825
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 319 pages)
Contents: Fumbling toward justice / Garry Willis --
The search for the documents --
The commissioning of Humani Generis Unitas, May to June 1938 --
The composition of Humani Generis Unitas, July to September 1938 --
What happened to the draft? October 1938 --
May 1940 --
A few supplementary documents concerning Humani Generis Unitas.
Other Titles: Encyclique cachée de Pie XI.
Responsibility: Georges Passelecq and Bernard Suchecky ; translated from the French by Steven Rendall ; with an introduction by Garry Wills.
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"In June 1938, after his attempts at diplomacy with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy had failed, Pope Pius XI ordered an American Jesuit, Father John LaFarge, to compose an encyclical denouncing racism and anti-Semitism. The result was a draft called Humani Generis Unitas (The Unity of the Human Race), which LaFarge produced with the help of two other priests." "But after Pope Pius XI died early in 1939, his successor, Pius XII, stood by in silence as Nazi Germany began to carry out its Final Solution. The unpublished encyclical was buried in a secret archive, its three authors bound by a vow of silence. For decades Vatican scholars either minimized the importance of Humani Generis Unitas or questioned the document's very existence - until Thomas Breslin, a Jesuit seminarian, uncovered the manuscript in the late sixties." "In a disturbing tale of archival intrigue and historical investigation, Georges Passelecq, a Belgian monk, and Bernard Suchecky, a Jewish historian, describe their quest to recover the draft of the encyclical. Undaunted by interminable delays - evasions that only deepened suspicions of Church complicity thirty years after Vatican II - the authors steadfastly pursued their inquiries. Here, published for the first time in English, is the document the Vatican kept hidden for half a century." "By examining the circumstances of its creation and the consequences of its suppression, The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI casts new light on the relations between the Vatican, state-sponsored anti-Semitism, and the Jews during World War II."--BOOK JACKET.

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